Releasing the All India Trinamool Congress manifesto for the 2016 state assembly polls Friday evening, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee harped on her development agenda for a “New Bengal ”and at the same time came down heavily on the CPM-Congress alliance, describing it as “unholy, unprincipled.”
The fight for the 2016 state assembly poll, Mamata said, has now boiled down to a fight between a “grand coalition of the people” on and the “unprincipled, unethical coalition of the CPM-Congress”.
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“In my battle against this evil front, I would want to go hand in hand 100% with the Ma-Mati-Manush. The people’s alliance and their collective opinion will show us the way,”she said.
The Congress flag has been sold to the CPM – the precise reason for which she had left the party in 1998, said Banerjee.
“My charge is being proved right now. But the people will give a fitting reply to such an unholy nexus,” she said.
Over the past four-and-half years, Mamata said, Bengal has largely reclaimed its old glory, having overcome the days of mass murder, massacres and sheer corruption of the Left.
“During this short span, the TMC government had provided the people with social, economic and cultural stability,” she claimed and went on to say that her government has achieved more than it had promised.
Referring to Singur – one of her government’s unfulfilled promises, she said that the matter was dragged to court after the Government brought the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act with the view to return land
to the affected farmers. The case is still pending in the Supreme Court of India and she promised that no stone will remain unturned in her government’s resolve to find a solution to the problem as quickly as possible.
“The land owners of Singur will get back their property and dignity – that it our foremost promise,” she said.
But the TMC government will continue to pursue a policy against forceful land acquisition, she added. “Farmers of Singur will definitely get justice,” she said.
The chief minister said that the 14th March Nandigram massacre day is approaching and the Trinamool Congress will hold a rally in Nandigram and other parts of the state to condemn those mass murders. “This reminds us of the mass murders of so many Congress workers by the CPM in Bengal. But they have been sold to the CPM. I feel sad and angry.”
She said that her government promises to carry on the development projects that are underway and at the same time plans to execute more new projects.
“We have a host of other plans. Those plans would take Bengal to the top in terms agriculture and industry. The vision of ‘New Bengal’ would be realised through the establishment of industries and empowerment of youth. Keeping these two vital factors in mind we would march ahead in to a new era of Bengal,” she said.
Mamata said that her government will give utmost priority to creating improved rural and urban infrastructure. The growth of industry and agriculture will be given emphasis along with empowerment of the youth, she said.
Some of the highlights of the manifesto:
# TMC government will follow a “zero tolerance” policy towards crime, especially women. As many as 65 all women police stations are coming up of which 30 are already functional.
# As per the National Crime Records Bureau statistics Kolkata is much safer than Delhi, Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan.
# Health for all. The government will generate a new wave of health care systems along with what had already been achieved. Fair price medicine shops and free medical treatment to all in government hospitals will be improved and extended.
# In the efforts of industrialization, the state has a long way to go. But the state will never back out from the challenges and its remains in the focus.
# Bring transparency in panchayats and zilla parishads. House for all and 100 days work will be expanded. Water supply would be extended.
# Agriculture is the pride of Bengal. The government will take care of the farmers and their lands and ensure Bengal remains green in future.
# Bengal will be marketed globally as a hot tourist destination.